Tag Archives: Diplomacy

The Alternative to Diplomacy

The United States has no ambassador to Saudi Arabia and any number of other countries – 41 of 188 positions vacant – but the Senate didn’t reject any of President Trump’s nominees. President Trump never nominated anyone to those posts. … Continue reading

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Broken China

Henry Kissinger once described diplomacy as “purposeful ambiguity” – don’t say too much, don’t say too little. Let the opposing party think that things are going their way, but also let your allies know you’re not selling them out – … Continue reading

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A Day for Stunningly Bad Ideas

Everyone will now remember the day the leader of the free world came to the United States to address a Joint Session of Congress, to upbraid and shame the young and hopelessly naïve president of that now equally hopeless country … Continue reading

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It’s Always 1938 Somewhere

Never again – that’s the word. Six million died, simply because they were Jewish, and because no one stopped Hitler when they had the chance, before the whole thing started. Neville Chamberlain negotiated a treaty with Hitler in 1938, when … Continue reading

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Mounting Opposition

Monday is when everyone gets back to work, so it was a bit unfair that the new breakthrough agreement on pausing Iran’s nuclear weapon program, if that’s what they’re up to, was announced in the early hours on a Sunday … Continue reading

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Rejecting Animosity as Policy

“If you can’t go around it, over it, or through it, you had better negotiate with it.” ~ Ashleigh Brilliant “Diplomacy is a disguised war, in which states seek to gain by barter and intrigue, by the cleverness of arts, … Continue reading

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No Secrets

Everyone tracks everything now and there are no secrets. Leave your cell phone on and someone, somehow, can know exactly where you are – or where your cell phone is – within a few feet. Buy anything with debit or … Continue reading

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